Bracdude181 wrote: ↑Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:50 pm
@CoastLineRailfan I do know that North Jersey management has tried to get rid of the Southern as they want nothing to do with it, but nobody has told me that it was confirmed. Honestly it kinda seems like a bad idea for a few reasons.
1. Red Bank Yard can only hold about 15 cars and there isn't much room to expand.
2. The current route from South Amboy to Red Bank has strict limitations on the gross weight and height of cars, as well as restrictions on the types of cars that can come down. Only Plate E cars can come down, and the gross weight limit I believe is 263,000 pounds. This is 23000 pounds less than the national standard of 286,000 pounds.
3. If C&D takes over, then NJSL would have to have their cars be transferred through 2 separate railroads before they can be shipped to wherever via NS or CSX. This may lead to transfer fees and longer shipping times. They could theoretically take over NJSL as well, but I don't think NJSL would give that line up after spending so much money fixing it.
4. Without the Farmingdale to Freehold route, there is no backup route to the Southern. So if something happens on the Coast Line (i.e. storm damage or infrastructure problems) there could be very large delays in getting cars down to Red Bank. This exact situation occurred after Hurricane Sandy, and there wasn't a single freight or passenger train for weeks afterwards as the Coast Line was completely destroyed in some spots.
One more thing. If C&D or another railroad was going to take over, they would have to file a notice of exemption with Conrail, and this hasn't occurred yet.
1. Southern Yard would not be used at all, Conrail has no trackage rights in it and don't plan to get any, neither would the C&D, if they obtained the route.
2. Considering the three customers on the line do not require 286,000 pound cars, there really is no need for heavier cars, and since the sand is very likely not to happen, this is even less of a problem.
3. The "NJSL" wouldn't care how many railroads the cars went through considering cars for Woodhaven already come from all parts of North America, should they even begin operation.
4. If the C&D deal will go through, they intend to purchase the Freehold Industrial Track as well, most likely planning to use that instead of the Coast Line. Thus, this would negate the need to use the Coast Line and all of the apparently cumbersome restrictions. Storm damage would affect every line, not necessarily just the Coast Line. Though it may be closer to water, that doesn't mean it and only it will be affected.